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Name: Saida Kafarova Ganjetsian
Skills: Accompanist, Composer, Soloist, Teacher
Address: Canada
Links: Website     E-mail
As a winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Recital Award, Saida Ganjetsian Kafarova performed her Carnegie Hall debut recital in June 2000. Dr. Jerome Starr commented, "In my time I have heard all the great - Paderewski, Hofmann, Rachmaninov. You are top rank. Artistry, poetry, soul of the highest order."

Ms. Kafarova was born in Azerbaijan to a musical family of Armenian descent. Her mother was a noted cellist and her aunt a well-regarded composer and pianist. In 1983 Ms. Kafarova won the top prize at the prestigious First Chamber Music Festival in Baku, and in l985 she was awarded a special prize at the Caucasus Piano Competition. A frequent performer with the Azerbaijan Philharmonic and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, she has toured many parts of the former Soviet Union and has performed in Canada, Germany, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway. She was invited to perform for his Honor the German Ambassador and for his Honor the British Ambassador in Istanbul. In March 2001 she was chosen as a finalist to perform at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. Ms. Kafarova has premiered several works by contemporary composers for solo piano and for piano and orchestra. On this continent, she has been named Music Ambassador of Nova Scotia, Canada, and has performed frequently with the New Brunswick Symphony. On numerous occasions, she has been featured live on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television.

The upcoming performances include appearances with the Temple Symphony and Austin Civic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Peter Bay. As a pedagogical grandchild of the Russian composer and pianist Nikolai Medtner, Dr. Kafarova continues her research on the composerís pedagogy. Her unique dissertationís topic was on the composerís Works for Two Pianos, op.58



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